Department of Numbers

Iowa Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Iowa fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2018 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Iowa peaked in May 2009 at 6.6% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Iowa unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Iowa 2.8% -0.1 -0.5

Note: All comparisons are made with March data as April state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Iowa, National

Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Iowa peaked in June 2009 at 111,837. There are now 64,512 fewer people unemployed in the state. Iowa job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa 47,325 -594 -8,190

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Iowa from 1990 to March 2018

Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployed
April 2018 3.9%
March 2018 4.1% 2.8% 47,325
February 2018 4.1% 2.9% 47,919
January 2018 4.1% 2.9% 48,331
December 2017 4.1% 2.9% 49,267
November 2017 4.1% 2.9% 49,153
October 2017 4.1% 2.9% 49,246
September 2017 4.2% 3.0% 50,031
August 2017 4.4% 3.0% 51,078
July 2017 4.3% 3.1% 52,139
June 2017 4.3% 3.2% 53,071
May 2017 4.3% 3.2% 53,884